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17 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Gracyn McEwan - 20 Sep 2018


Another week done and dusted guys, good on ya. The weather may not be playing nice this week (oh Melbourne) but there's plenty to do in our city to keep your mind off the wind. Take your pick from writing workshops, live horror shows or early Oktoberfest at the Brauhaus street party. 

Here are 17 awesome things to do this weekend in Melbourne. 

All Weekend

BAISEMAIN BIRTHDAY CLEARANCE SALE

To celebrate their first bday, Baisemain is taking up to 90% off brands like Acler, Jaggad and American Vintage (tight-asses rejoice). While you calmly—manically—make your way through the clearance racks, take a cupcake and glass of bubbly in each hand to make sure you don’t grab everything in sight. You’re welcome.

Where: 818 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
When: 21—23 September, 9am—5pm
For more info, click here.

HORROR AT THE ARTS CENTRE

Just like a horror movie, except it’s live on stage and harder to leap out of your seat and run away. Jakop Ahlbom’s Horror takes place in a house haunted by a traumatic past and the ghost of a woman taunting those left behind (probably not for the faint-hearted guys). This is the first time Ahlbom’s work has been seen in Australia, so don’t miss out. Early reviews say it's bloody terrifying. 

Where: The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd
When: Tuesday 18—Saturday 22 September
For more info, click here.

CROWN’S MID-AUTUMN LANTERN SALE

The Crown Riverwalk will be aglow this weekend with a display of traditional lanterns from across Asia, including China, Japan, Vietnam and India. Beneath the canopy of lanterns will be a Mooncake and Mochi eating competition (the dream), lion dances and over 30 Asian food and market stalls. Enjoy.

Where: Crown Riverwalk
When: Friday 21—Sunday 23 September, 10am—10pm
For more info, click here.

WINE AND DINE AT AM:PM CAFÉ

The folks at AM:PM has officially welcomed in the warmer weather with Wine & Dine nights each Friday and Saturday. Expect acoustic performances and drinks specials like $10 Aperol Spritz and $6 wines + Corona. The PM menu has some tasty options too, including fried buttermilk chicken, brown butter arancini and cured meats to help soak up all that booze.

Where: 481 Highett Rd, Highett
When: Friday and Saturday nights, 5:30—7:30pm
For more info, click here.

OKTOBERFEST STREET PARTY

Oktoberfest season has officially arrived and the folks from Munich Brauhaus are celebrating with a Bavarian-style street party to kick things off. There'll be the official tapping of the first Oktoberfest keg (a sacred ceremony), the inaugural street parade, sausage eating contests and a competition for the best-dressed pooches of Oktoberfest. And it goes without saying there will be plenty of bier going around too.

Where: Munich Brauhaus, 45 South Wharf Promenade, Melbourne
When: Saturday 22—Sunday 23 September
For more info, click here.

Friday 21 September

CC:DISCO AT CLUB LOCO FINALE

As winter comes to an end, so does Club Coco’s residency at Hugs&Kisses. Get on down for the final set this Friday, featuring Melbourne DJ, Lori, and Sydney DJ, Mike Who, with mixes featuring Al Green, Lauren Hill and Dilla. Last, but certainly not least, will be CC:Disco herself playing infectious dance tunes. Get ready for a big night.

Where: Hugs&Kisses, 22 Sutherland Street, Melbourne
When: Friday 21 September, 10pm—5am
For more info, click here.

EQUINOX AT NEW GUERNICA

Equinox’s newest event promises to be an immersive audio-visual experience, set to the backdrop of electronic tunes. If it’s anything like their previous dance parties, get prep'd to have all your senses stimulated with a lighting and music production. Should be pretty wild. 

Where: New Guernica, 322 Little Collins St, Melbourne
When: Friday 21 September, 10pm—5am
For more info, click here.

Saturday 22 September

BETTY’S GAME WINE LAUNCH WITH VINOMOFO

Vinomofo has collaborated with winemaker Adam Foster to create Betty’s Game, a Nebbiolo rosé. And you can taste it fo’ free at the launch party. There’ll also be free rosé ‘winescream’ handed out, giant Jenga and out-of-this-world tacos and hotdogs from the guys at Woofy’s. BTW all this is happening inside four walls greenery goodness at Glasshaus, so basically every white-girl’s Insta dreams come true.

Where: Glasshaus Inside, 44 Cremorne St, Cremorne
When: Saturday 22 September, 1—5pm
For more info, click here.

Greener House Plant Sale

They're back, guys! Greener House are chucking another massive indoor plant warehouse sale this Saturday. Lots of markdowns and new stock available, including Devil's Ivy (don't touch). Expect palms, monsteras, philodendrons, chain of hearts, birds of paradise, indoor pots and heaps more. Get in early. 

Where: Greener House, 95 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
When: Saturday 22 September,
10am4pm
For more info, click here

NOMNOMNOM

If you’ve ever wanted to step into the shoes of an Uber Eats or Menulog delivery worker, then now is your chance. As part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival you can take part in a participatory art performance where you'll actually deliver food to houses in Coburg, greeted by actors playing customers. The ‘customers’ bring the workers into their house to talk and learn about the inner workings of suburban households and their inhabitants (scary stuff).

Where: Victoria St Mall, Coburg
When: Saturday 22 September 11am—3pm (shows each hour)
For more info, click here.

Wheel & Wine Night

Pottery and a glass of vino. How's that for crafty? Fitzroy artist Sarah Schembri is inviting the public into her studio for a series of 'Wheel and Wine' sessions, and there's one going down this Saturday. Its $99pp, and that gets you wine, food, clay and tools (and a very important apron). Check here for all the upcoming dates. 

Where: 10 Kent St, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 22 September,
1pm4pm
For more info, click here

HAGEN’S ORGANICS CHARITY FUNDRAISER

Head down to the Prahran Market for a good ol’ sausage sizzle to help raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. On the grill will be beef sausages using a Hagen family recipe or spicy lamb sausages in hot dog buns, served with caramelised onion, cheddar cheese and homemade chimichurri sauce, going just for $5 each. Do yourself a favour and enter the raffle to win a Hagen’s Organic Meats meat pack valued at $200.

Where: Prahran Market, Harvest Hall, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
When: Saturday 22 September
For more info, click here.

Sunday 23 September

NOW SOUND DOCUMENTARY

Following the sold-out premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival, NOW SOUND: Melbourne’s Listening will be screened at Howler as a one-off event. The doco is an homage to the Melbourne music scene and explores issues within the industry such as gender imbalance. The screening will be followed by a live set featuring rap artist, Drmngnow, singer-songwriter, Emma Russack, and a secret headliner to top it all off.

Where: Howler, 7—11 Dawson St, Brunswick
When: Sunday 23 September, 5pm
For more info, click here.

I HART RUM FESTIVAL

If you heart rum like we do, then you won’t want to miss out on the all-day tastings, masterclasses and expert rum panel going down at Whitehart Bar this weekend. There’ll also be Jamaican food served up by The Real Jerk and 30 rum distilleries on show, so you can really live out your Pirates of The Caribbean fantasy (not really).

Where: Whitehart Bar, 22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne
When: Sunday 23 September, 12pm—6pm
For more info, click here.

CO-GROUND COFFEE WORKSHOPS IN PRAHRAN

This week’s workshop at Co-Ground’s pop-up space in Prahran is the perfect antidote for those suffering writer’s block. Former editor at The Age and author Michelle Hamer will help you find your writing voice, fine-tune it or simply inspire you to get those creative juices flowing freely. Tickets include lunch and specialty coffee provided by Co-Ground to help fuel your impending stroke of genius.

Where: Co-Ground Coffee 20 Chatham St, Prahran
When: Sunday 23 September, 12—3pm
For more info, click here.

MAKE YOUR OWN KOMBUCHA

Let your inner hipster run wild this Sunday with a crash course on all things Kombucha. Learn about the benefits of the 2,000-year-old fermented tea (there are many) and the ins and outs of brewing your own at home. Not to mention, there will be samples ready for the tasting and a bottle of Grateful Harvest Kombucha to take home too.

Where: Preston Market, 2/30A The Centreway, Preston
When: Sunday 23 September, 10—11:15am
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

GNOCCHI WEEK AT CUCINETTA SOUTH YARRA

Our favourite tiny Italian restaurant, Cucinetta, is making our carb-loving dreams come true with four different gnocchi options, available all next week. Think soft, pillowy parcels of potato with toppings like mixed mushrooms and sausage, fish ragu and even beetroot gnocchi served with FOUR cheeses. Yeah, we’re pretty excited.

Where: Cucinetta,4/3 Murphy St, South Yarra
When: Wednesday 26 September—Tuesday 2 October
For more info, click here.

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